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RE: Mid-summer garden

Hee, this must be a tough one - we haven't managed dogs/feet either.  The
best we've done is teaching them to lick their lips on command.

Zone 7 - West TN

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CG/SCSRT
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 9:39 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Mid-summer garden

I tried to teach our dogs to wipe their feet too, but no luck.
Fortunately the problem does not come up that often here.
Our local fair is much the same as yours I think. We used to have a really
nice-sized fair for a small town, with lots of agriculture entries and home
arts entries. All those are way down now except for the photography
exhibits. I am feeling bad because I'm not entering anything this year
myself. I used to spin the wool from our sheep too, the spinning itself is
one of the more relaxing things in life, but getting it to that point is a
lot of work.
Got more bad news about water last night, husband is on the water board and
says the water agency is predicting they will cut our deliveries for next
year to something like 15% of normal. We should still be able to buy water
from other places but it's very expensive. It's beginning to look like my
decision on what to do with the front garden will get made for me, but since
I've been waffling about it for a couple years now maybe I shouldn't be
unhappy. We'll see.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of james singer
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2008 4:40 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Mid-summer garden

We're a ways behind you up here. Can't reliably plant green beans here until
the first of June, so we're now in the vining/bushing stages.
Most of the vegetables are just showing an interest in growing, although
we've harvested one crop of bok choy and about half of the potatoes.

Mostly we spent the weekend installing/adjusting the micro-irrigation
system, mulching some of the foundation beds, and top dressing a rainbow
pea-gravel walkway. The irrigation installation is taking a bit longer than
I anticipated, mostly because I'm not too happy with HD or Lowe's selection
of parts and fittings and so have been ordering them from Peaceful Valley,
which takes a couple of days for delivery.
But it's coming along. I'd guess we're 1/3 ot 1/2 finished at this point.

A week or so ago, we filled a plastic tub with water then threw a bunch of
ajuga cuttings in it. They have mostly rooted, so we planted a bunch of them
as an edging or border on some of the main beds. Our strategy is to use
plants, mulch, and gravel to minimize mud mobility during the rainy
season--otherwise much of it ends up in the house.
One alternative, of course, is to teach the dog to wipe her feet.

We did get to the county fair on Sunday. Something of a disappointment for
gardeners. It is mostly a showcase for 4-H/FFA kids' livestock.
That's okay; I enjoyed it, especially the sheep judging and exhibits.
But I miss the domestic stuff--the quilting, canning, flower arranging. One
of the exhibits that I thought was a bit sad was a judging of
natural-colored fleeces. Beautiful whole fleeces in colors from dark grey to
reddish-brown. But not a single exhibit [let alone judging] of carding those
fleeces, spinning the wool, or knitting the yarn. Made me kind of sad.

Island Jim
Willamette Valley
44.99 N 123.04 W
Elevation 148'
Hardiness Zone 8/9
Heat Zone 5
Sunset Zone 6
Minimum 0 F [-15 C]
Maximum 86 F [30 C]

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